Travel / Tourism

Discover the soul of Galle with iDiscover Galle

Views - 55 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

Galle Fort is a gem of a heritage town; its red-roofed, white-washed colonial houses catapult you back to days-long-gone. But more than the buildings, it’s the people that make this place unique. The Fort is a place that celebrates unity in diversi

Egypt expresses dismay to UK envoy over British Airways flight suspension

Views - 11 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

Cairo, Reuters: Egypt’s aviation minister on Sunday expressed his dismay over British Airways’ decision to suspend flights to the Egyptian capital to the UK’s ambassador to Cairo. International Airlines Group’s British Airways suspended flig

Qatar Airways to launch flights to Gaborone, Botswana in October

Views - 13 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

Qatar Airways has unveiled plans to launch flights to Gaborone, Botswana, starting 27 October. The capital and largest city of Botswana will be the airline’s first destination in the African country. The three-times weekly flights will be operated

Browns Hotels & Resorts awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2019

Views - 108 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 01:24

Browns Hotels & Resorts was recently honoured with the coveted 2019 Certificate of Excellence. Awarded by the world’s largest social travel website, TripAdvisor, the accolade, which honours excellence in hospitality, is given only to the top 10% of

Grand Dewasiri Cottage, Nuwara Eliya introduces 26-hour checkout

Views - 46 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 01:21

Grand Dewasiri Cottage, Nuwara Eliya is introducing special 26-hour checkout packages to woo travellers. “This flexible time package has been offered to provide more time for travellers to do excursions in and around Nuwara Eliya and offer longer

Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association partners ANC

Views - 33 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 01:20

By Maleesha Sulthanagoda The Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association (CHSGA) has partnered with American National College Education (ANC) to introduce an MBA with Hospitality Management in hopes of enhancing the growth of the hospitality sector of

40% off on stunning domestic aerial tours for ComBank Credit Cardholders

Views - 39 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 01:19

Commercial Bank’s Credit Cardholders can soar over spectacular landscapes and the fascinating Blue Whale habitats of Sri Lanka to experience some of the country’s top attractions with F-Airways at a 40% discount and on a six-month Easy Payment Pl

Cinnamon Life clinches prestigious PATA Gold Award for Heritage and Culture

Views - 417 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:00

Cinnamon Life was recognised by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) for a PATA Gold Award for the significant cultural impact made together with the Chitrasena Kalayathanaya and in partnership with the John Keells Foundation for the Guru Gedar

How to attract more Chinese tourists to Sri Lanka

Views - 99 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:00

Before being nominated as the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka and arriving at the country to assume my office, I could hardly imagine that there are so many world wonders on this tropical island of over 60,000 square kilometres. The graceful lake an

Going green and securing gold: Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon receives Travelife Gold Certification

Views - 43 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon, part of Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts recently received the prestigious Travelife Gold Certification for the years 2019-2021. Travelife is an internationally recognised accommodation sustainability program that is run in o

Passenger revenues increase by 4.4% and travellers by 2.2% in June: Alitalia

Views - 21 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

Alitalia’s passenger revenues reported another increase in June 2019. In the first sixth month of this year, the Italian airline recorded 4.4% increase in passenger revenues, compared to June of the previous year (month that recorded the highest re

Lenders of bankrupt Jet Airways to attempt to sell carrier again

Views - 27 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): Lenders to Jet Airways will open bids to sell the bankrupt airline on July 20, as they look to recover about 85 billion rupees ($ 1.24 billion) of loans, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Last month, Jet’s c

Serenity starts here

Views - 21 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

Cathay Pacific reopened its newly renovated Shanghai Pudong Cathay Pacific Lounge on 18 July, marking the introduction of the airline’s awards-winning lounge design to mainland China for the first time. Cathay Pacific is ‘moving beyond’ for it

‘They bombed our livelihoods’: Sri Lanka’s tourism firms struggle after attacks

Views - 109 Thursday, 18 July 2019 01:13

Reuters: Pearl Divers, a diving school on one of Sri Lanka’s most popular southern beaches, shut shop for two months after suicide bombers attacked churches and hotels on the island on Easter Sunday, killing about 250 people. It had no customers as

Emirates to launch services to Mexico City via Barcelona

Views - 25 Thursday, 18 July 2019 01:11

Emirates has announced its plan to launch a new daily service from Dubai (DXB) to Mexico City International Airport (MEX), via the Spanish city of Barcelona (BCN), starting on 9 December 2019. Emirates’ Mexico City flight will be a linked service

Pacific Asia Travel Association Sri Lanka Chapter elects new team

Views - 308 Thursday, 18 July 2019 01:09

The Annual General Meeting of the PATA Sri Lanka Chapter was held on 11 July at the Barnes, Jetwing Colombo 07. The Sri Lanka Chapter facilitates its members within Sri Lanka in conducting their varied businesses within the hospitality sector in a m

Elyon Hotels to launch ‘Elyon Colombo’ on 1 August

Views - 164 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00

Reflecting a new age in hospitality, in which business travel is inseparable from lifestyle, the Elyon Hotels chain unveiled its new offering, ‘Elyon Colombo’ located at Orion City, Colombo recently. Presenting a contemporary, vibrant design, wit

The saga of tourist arrivals

Views - 280 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00

Traditionally one of the main indices by which tourism performance is assessed the world over is by analysing the total tourist arrivals into a country. Historically Sri Lanka also has been adopting this method. However Sri Lanka seems to place too m

Regaining the charm: JICA supports ‘Post Crisis Tourism Recovery’

Views - 45 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and Christian Affairs (MoTCA), successfully completed a joint seminar for the ‘Recovery of Tourism Sector in Sri Lanka after the Easter Bombings 2019’

Chinese journalists visit The Kingsbury

Views - 34 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00

A crew of senior journalists from China travelled across Sri Lanka to showcase the splendour of our island to the world. In support of reviving the tourism industry the Kingsbury was honoured to host them at The Kingsbury; proving that Sri Lankans ar

Tourism talks of tackling tough times

Views - 64 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00

Capitalising on increased interest by Aussie tourists

Views - 240 Monday, 15 July 2019 00:00

A team of 18 Australian travel and tour operators arrived in Sri Lanka on a 10-day long familiarisation tour hosted by the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB). Tourist arrivals from Australia have shown a steady incline in recent months and i

Singapore Events Team meets John

Views - 90 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Singapore’s Precinct Development Head Hajah Mohaideen, Singapore events coordinator Anita Dorai and Singapore Airlines General Manager in Sri Lanka Hu Hongyao met with Tourism Development Minister John Amaratunga on Monday to explore opportunities

Anantaya Resorts and Spas bags high scores from HolidayCheck

Views - 70 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Anantaya Resorts & Spas were recently awarded by the online review portal of HolidayCheck with an overall score of 5.7 out of 6 for Anantaya Resort & Spa, Passikudah and 5.2 out of 6 for Anantaya Resort & Spa, Chilaw for the year 2019. These ratings

These Sri Lanka travel experiences are a great way to visit now that US has eased travel restrictions

Views - 109 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00 After the Sri Lanka bombings on Easter Sunday, travellers have been wary — and understandably so. Tourism to Sri Lanka essentially halted, with Reuters reporting that bookings to the island were down 186% on average the we

Emirates to offer US-bound travellers Wi-Fi over the North Pole

Views - 38 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Emirates’ passengers bound for the US will soon be able to enjoy Wi-Fi, mobile service connectivity and Live TV broadcast, even when flying 40,000 feet over the North Pole and Arctic circle. On flights to the US, which often travel over the polar r

Thailand targets 10% growth in tourism revenues in 2020

Views - 37 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announced this week that it is aiming to boost tourism revenues by 10%, over the projection for this year, in 2020. For the domestic market, TAT says that it will categorise customers into various segments such

China firm microchips bed sheets after cleaning scandals

Views - 68 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:00

Beijing, AFP: Bugs in the bed might be the last thing guests want from a hotel stay, but a new micro-chipping service in China that tracks every sheet and towel has proved popular online. A laundry service catering to hotels in the central Chinese c

Apache Aviation and Breitling in search of co-sponsors to operate jet team

Views - 20 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:00

For 17 years, Apache Aviation has operated the Breitling Jet Team, the world’s first professional civil jet team, and its seven L39 ALBATROS Jets. Breitling’s long-standing contract with Apache Aviation will expire on 31 December. Breitling h

France to impose green tax on plane tickets

Views - 26 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:00

PARIS (AFP): France announced Tuesday it would impose new taxes on plane tickets of up to 18 euros per flight, joining other EU states seeking to limit the environmental impact of air travel. The government said that the funds from tickets for fligh

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Why are Sri Lankan passports so bad?

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

My children have two different passports, making them a sort of case study in the stupidity and ultimate cruelty of passports. My daughter has a white passport, so no visas required. My son has a brown passport and he has to prove that he’s not try

Concept of Free Zones and their economic importance

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

With the growth of cross broader international trade, economic liberalisation and relocation of manufacturing facilities to economical location in search of competitive advantages, the concept of Free Zones was born. Free Zones include varieties of F

Howard at the PIM

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

A number of very important people called to thank me for inviting them to the very popular presentation by Dr. Howard Nicholas. It was held on 18 July at the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) auditorium. The title of the presentation was ‘

“Sri Lanka’s future lies in producing exportable manufactured goods”: Dr. Howard Nicholas

Monday, 22 July 2019

Drawing lessons from Vietnam’s experiences The Sri Lanka-born economist attached to The Hague based Institute of Social Studies – Dr. Howard Nicholas – addressing a packed audience consisting of the alumni of the Postgraduate Institute of Manag

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